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Surprise Billing Legislation Gets Senate Push Into Fast Lane

May 16, 2019, 5:41 PM

Efforts to clamp down on “surprise” medical bills are on the fast track as a bipartisan group of senators May 16 introduced its legislative blueprint. A committee vote on the issue could come next month.

The lawmakers announced plans to introduce a bill (S. 1531) that would stop medical providers at in-patient hospitals and other facilities from sending bills to patients for out-of-network charges. The blueprint is similar to a bipartisan proposal circulated in the House but adds an element of arbitration.

Ensuring that patients don’t receive surprise bills has emerged as a rare bipartisan issue in Washington,...

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